Degradation Of The Historic Confedera...

Degradation Of The Historic Confederate Flag

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Ashleigh Moody

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#1 Sep 30, 2006
As you've seen on the AP news in recent days, Senator Allen has many Virginians outraged.

Their Memory A "Political Football"?

Unprovoked and unsolicited, our Virginia Senator Allen's recent comments to educators, and all across America, hit me and many other Virginians of varied races, very hard, and he hit us right in our hearts.. Not only by what Senator Allen said and how, but what he did not say.

I feel he took Virginia's historic flags of my dead veteran ancestors, whose service protected "family and home" in Virginia when called on by the State, and the Senator wiped his dirty boots with them. Other Virginians have expressed similar feelings in the news. As a veteran of the Viet Nam era, I wish to state that my ancestors have served and fought in each war this country has fought and earlier. They served when called upon, they served Virginia with honor, a few endured as prisoners of war, and a couple died for Virginia. For a United State Senator to give any impression that my ancestors were EVIL fighting under the Confederate flag is outrageous and ugly. Degradation of these Virginia heroes after over 140 years is sinful in my view, and I'd say that it is also ugly to persecute these dead Virginians in the view of any educated society. What kind of people persecute the dead?

Senator Allen seems to have left out the honorable service for Virginia by these heroic men under that flag in his statements before educators. He also seems to have left out the Southern family heritage associated with our historic flags which are respected across racial lines. You can find that to be a fact.

Thankfully, Virginia has many free thinkers that have been able hear and see Senator Allen in action clearly recently. Along with our rich recorded history, Virginians know right from wrong at times like this. I ask all Virginians to please send Senator Allen a clear message in November since it seems he has dug a hole he "stands by" and is in at his own creation..

Thank you for the opportunity to speak freely.

G. Ashleigh Moody, III
Petersburg, Virginia

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